Wangari Maathai

Did you ever think that planting trees could help democracy take root? In this BrainPOP UK movie, Tim and Moby celebrate the achievements of Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan activist who fought to preserve natural resources, establish gender equality and democratise the government. In the wake of British rule, Kenya was struggling with depleted farmland and widespread unemployment. Maathai, a trained biologist, helped solve these problems with a grassroots program to plant trees. Her organisation, the Green Belt Movement, trained thousands of women, taught better farming methods, and encouraged environmental conservation … all through tree planting! A champion for women, the poor and rural Kenyans, Maathai became a target of the country’s corrupt dictator, Daniel arap Moi. Despite constant threats from his regime, she never wavered from her mission. For her courageous, lifelong effort to promote women’s rights, environmental restoration and political freedom, Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize—the first African woman and first environmentalist to ever receive the award!

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Wangari Maathai